Hilton Head Island, SC - - Professional Tennis Registry (PTR) presented its annual awards earlier this month the 2018 PTR International Tennis Symposium. The event, which included more than 40 educational presentations for tennis coaches, was held February 13-16, on Hilton Head Island, South Carolina.
Jessie Daw, of Sioux Falls, South Dakota, was named PTR Member of the Year for the State. This award is presented to a PTR member who has shown dedication and diligence in promoting and supporting tennis and PTR. A Professional since 2012, Daw is certified in two PTR education pathways: 10 & Under and 11 to 17.
Daw is a tireless volunteer for tennis and her community. She serves on the USTA Northern Board and is chair of the Diversity and Inclusion Committee. She is also on the board of the Sioux Falls Tennis Association, serving as USTA Liaison, as well as on the Junior Leagues and Grants/Fundraising Committees.
Her commitment to Diversity and Inclusion was demonstrated last year when Daw organized a Girls & Tennis Clinic, an event that introduced more than 30 girls to the many ways they could get involved in tennis and enjoy the game. As the former Executive Director of the Heuther Family Tennis Center, Daw hosted PTR’s only workshop in South Dakota, to ensure others had the opportunity to become certified to teach tennis.
PTR is the largest global organization of tennis teaching and coaching professionals with nearly 16,500 members in 125 countries. It has the greatest percentage of multicultural and women members of any such organization. PTR is dedicated to educating, certifying and serving tennis teachers and coaches around the world in order to grow the game.